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TRANSPORTATION JUSTICE FOR EAST COUNTY: MEETING & COMMUNITY DINNER SEPT. 9 IN EL CAJON

SDG&E LOW-FLYING HELICOPTER CAUSED HORSE INJURY IN DESCANSO, OWNER CLAIMS

TROLLEY OFFICERS FIRED OVER PASSENGER BEATING IN LA MESA

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CHAPTER IN EAST COUNTY WORKS TO HELP HUMANITARIAN CAUSES WORLDWIDE

REWARD ANNOUNCED IN COLD CASE OF MICKEY GUIDRY; TEEN WHO VANISHED IN DESERT 5 YEARS AGO

FUNDRAISER TONIGHT IN EL CAJON TO HELP IRAQI CHRISTIANS

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

ISIS CAPTURES IRAQ'S LARGEST CHRISTIAN CITY: IRAQIS IN SAN DIEGO & MIDDLE EAST ISSUE WARNING FOR THE WORLD

BORDER CHILDREN: LA MESA CHURCH FORUM HIGHLIGHTS PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

VICTIM OF TROLLEY BEATING SPEAKS OUT

ISIS-LINKED BOMB THREAT AGAINST SONY EXECUTIVE DIVERTS SAN DIEGO-BOUND PLANE

STATE DISASTER DECLARED AFTER MAJOR QUAKE HITS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA


DEMOCRATS OPEN CAMPAIGN OFFICE IN EAST COUNTY

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
August 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Congresswoman Susan Davis and Congressman/Mayoral candidate Bob Filner were among the many candidates on hand last weekend for the grand opening of a Democratic Party campaign headquarters at 7839 University Ave., Suite 106, La Mesa.
 
County Democratic Party Chairman Jess Durfee spoke of “fulfilling a promise” to help Democrats in East County.  While much of East County remains solidly “red”, redistricting has shifted many communities in East County into Democratic districts and voter registration is increasingly favoring Democrats in some areas that have long been considered Republican strongholds. 

SAN DIEGO ARTSNFASHION MAGAZINE PRESENTS “WELCOME TO RAMALLAH” SEPT 7 – 30

August 29, 2012 (San Diego) – ArtsNFashion Magazine presents “Welcome to Ramallah”, a play by Sonja Linden and Adah Kay at Swedenborgh Hall, 4144 Campus Avenue, San Diego on Fridays and Saturdays from September 7 through 30 at 8:00 p.m. with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturdays. 

The play tells the tale of a Palestinian man, Daoud, in love with a Jewish woman, Mara.  Together they are trapped in an apartment in Ramallah in the West Bank, along with his uncle and her sister.  They are forced to confront the painful history of the Israeli – Palestinian conflict.

WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN ANNOUNCES FALL & WINTER EVENTS CALENDAR

August 30, 2012 (Rancho San Diego)—The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to enjoy its 2012 Fall/Winter calendar of classes and events. Gardening classes help residents save water and money by focusing on water-smart landscaping techniques and plants. Classes are taught by professionals, with offerings for both adults and children. Pre-registration is required for all classes. To enroll call 619-660-0614 x 10. Below are descriptions of upcoming offerings on everything from landscape design basics to raising urban chickens.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

August 30, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:   
 
NATIONAL
 
        GENERAL NEWS:  
  • U.S. economy expands more than anticipated  (BBC)
  • Isaac reduces to tropical storm, lashes Louisiana (USA Today)
  • Do wind turbines cause forest fires? (Bangor Daily News)
  • Army issues multi-billion dollar solicitation for large scale renewable and alternative energy production for federal installations (Foley) 
        POLITICS: 
  • Republicans highlight Romney nomination, but poll shows low popularity (ABC News) 
  • Romney: I’d cut PBS, Obamacare, arts subsidies (CBS News)
  • McCain: America “can’t afford” another Obama WH (CBS News) 
  • President Obama answers questions on Reddit-AMA; read his full answers (CBS News) 
  • publicans hate Obama’s defense cuts. The trouble is, they voted for them (Washington Post wonk bl
  • Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan on abortion: Rape is just another “method of conception”(RawStory)
  • Paul Ryan’s speech in 3 words (FoxNews.com) 
WORLD 
  • Al Qaeda followers call for death of Seal who wrote Osama bin Ladin capture book (Washington Post) 
  • Venezuela investigates alleged massacre in Amazon village (Reuters) 
  • Romney: Nuclear Iran “unacceptable” (CBS) 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

CRIME RATES UP IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2012, BUT STILL THE SECOND LOWEST IN THE PAST DECADE

August 30, 2012 (San Diego)--After several consecutive years of declines, crime rates in San Diego County are on the upswing in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period last year – however, both violent crime and property crime rates are still the second lowest in the past ten years, according to a SANDAG report released Tuesday.

The region’s mid-year violent crime rate is 3.70 per 1,000 residents, an 8 percent increase from mid-year 2011, with jumps recorded in homicides, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults. The mid-year property crime rate is 21.38, 7 percent higher than in mid-year 2011. The region saw increases in all types of property crimes with the exception of non-residential burglaries.

POLITICAL REFLECTIONS: "LEGITIMATE RAPE"

By Mark Gabrish Conlan

August 30, 2012 (San Diego) – Just when you thought the political season couldn’t possibly get any weirder, Missouri Congressmember Todd Akin — the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate against Democrat Claire McCaskill — told a sympathetic local TV interviewer that he didn’t think the federal government needed to pay for abortions for victims of rape or incest because he didn’t think victims of rape or incest could get pregnant. “From what I understand from doctors, that’s extremely rare,” Akin said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down.”

BILL TO HELP OUT-OF-STATE MILITARY SPOUSES CONTINUE CAREERS HEADS TO GOVERNOR; PART OF WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE

August 30, 2012 (Sacramento)—A bill by Assemblymember Marty Block, AD-78, that requires the California Department of Consumer Affairs to expedite professional licensure for the spouses and domestic partners of active duty military service members, tonight passed the Assembly Floor on a 78-0 vote.

“The spouses and partners of our military families make great sacrifices – relocating frequently and interrupting their own career paths and earning power,” Block said. “Helping spouses re-establish their careers aids our military families financially and has the added benefit of putting talented and licensed individuals to work in our state.”

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

August 30, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include: 

LOCAL/REGIONAL 
  • Southern California town declares emergency over quake swarm (Reuters) 
  • Sale of  Padres becomes official (10 News)
  • U.S.-Mexico border: efforts to build a virtual wall (BBC)
  • New poll shows DeMaio trailing Filner in mayoral race (10 News)
  • San Diego’s morphing water policy (San Diego Free Press)
  • Charges against same-sex marriage activists dismissed (10 News)
  • No fines for unpermitted UT car museum (Voice of San Diego)
STATE  
  • 19 wind turbines burned, 9 damaged in Jawbone fire (California Wildfires Today) 
  • Reactions pour in to public pension reform (Sacramento Bee 
  • Are you eating genetically modified foods laced with pesticides? (San Diego Free Press)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

SMART METER OPT-OUT SURVEY

 
August 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Since the California Public Utilities Commission required SDG&E to provide opt-out options for customers who wanted smart meters removed or not installed, some complaints have surfaced over notification, fees, access for meter readers to homes with dogs, and more. The Electrosmog Prevention organization has created a survey for SDG&E consumers in our area. Consumers can fill out the survey below and return the completed survey to Sue Brinchman, director@electrosmogprevention.org. You can also post comments below this article with details on your experiences. ECM will consider a follow-up article after hearing more from readers. 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: FAST FOOD DAMNATION (COMPLIANCE)

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 31, 2012 (San Diego) – Compliance made me feel uncomfortable and unclean, but that’s exactly how it wanted me to feel. My chest kept pounding and it wouldn’t relent. A part of me wanted to look away, but I couldn’t avert my eyes. It was a grueling experience emotionally, and when the film wrapped up, it took a few days for me to shake it off. Chills coarse through my body as I write this, and my stomach feels weird.

 

Those are just several reasons why Compliance is one of the best films of the year.

 

EAST COUNTY GROWERS TAKE PART IN HAWAIIAN PLUMERIA FESTIVAL SEPT. 1-2

 

August 27, 2012 (San Diego) – The 13th Annual Hawaiian Plumeria Festival will be at Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado September 1 – 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event is sponsored by the Southern California Plumeria Society and features a Flower Show competition with hundreds of entries a Plant Sale and live Hawaiian entertainment.

“Some of the most respected growers in the US are in East County,” said Mike Atkinson, an East County plumerian. East County has a number of prominent plumeria growers who will be participating in the flower show and sale:

DAVE MASON JR. BEATS OUT VETERAN RACERS TO FIRST PODIUM FINISH

 
Team Competitive Conquers First Ever Wild West Motorsports Park Event
 
August 29, 2012 (El Cajon) --  His rookie season in the pro-buggy class of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series started out like many rookies in sports...with trials and hardships. But Dave Mason Jr. and his team have been working hard to improve. Race by race they have been changing and adjusting on the #65 Competitive Metals/JAMAR Alumi Craft Pro Buggy.

GROSSMONT ADULT SCHOOL’S WHODUNIT BOOK CLUB TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 4

 

August 29, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Mystery fans are invited to read and discuss mysteries at the Whodunit Book Club, a free Grossmont Adult School class that starts September 4, at the El Cajon Library, 201 E. Douglas Ave. The weekly class is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the library Seminar Room.

TROUBLING RISE IN ECTOPIC PREGNANCIES BAFFLES MEDICAL EXPERTS: 1 In 38 PREGNANCIES HAS THE LIFE-THREATENING CONDITION

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – How common are life-threatening pregnancy conditions?  The question is timely given the Republican Party’s platform calling for a ban on abortions, even when a mother’s life is at risk. Some who advocate outlawing all abortions have sought to justify the position by arguing that life-threatening conditions are rare. 

But in fact, the most common cause of death in early pregnancy has increased dramatically.

SDG&E RECEIVES LEGAL NOTICE OF "DANGEROUS CONDITIONS" AT OCOTILLO EXPRESS WIND PROJECT

 

Unsafe wiring and shallow foundations among hazards listed; where are the project's engineers?

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 28, 2012 (Ocotillo) – An attorney representing homeowners in Ocotillo has sent a notice of dangerous conditions of public property” to San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).  The letter alleges that at the Ocotillo Express wind project, Pattern Energy is in the process of burying over 80 miles of electrical lines “without the use of any conduit or casement to prevent electrocution.” 

Photos taken by ECM photographers indicate lines are only 18-20 inches deep – far shallower than the 48 inches required by the project Environmental Impact Report. In addition, the letter alleges that turbine foundations are too shallow, that massive grading has caused flooding, and that these designs were done without licensed engineers signing off on key project components.

FROM THE CHIEFS CORNER: WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE

August 27, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--With the recent Earthquakes and the anticipation of more aftershocks it’s a good time to review what to do before, during and after an earthquake says East County Magazine’s in-house Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

8TH ANNUAL STRUT FOR SOBRIETY! SEPTEMBER 8

 

August 28, 2012 (San Diego) – The 8th Annual Strut for Sobriety! is presented by A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing), an organization founded by a Spring Valley mother.

The event takes place on September 8 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego.  The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a boutique and silent auction.  At 12:00 p.m. the luncheon, awards ceremony and fashion show will begin.

WORST DROUGHT SINCE DUST BOWL FUELING SEVERE WILDFIRES ACROSS U.S.

By Miriam Raftery

August 25, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—High temperatures and the worst drought since the Dust Bowl in the 1930s have combined to fuel severe wildfires across the U.S.  in the first 8 months of the year, wildfires have scorched nearly 7 million acres—on pace to make 2012 one of the worst years on record. 

LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL TO HAVE RETIRED JUDGES REDRAW DISTRICT LINES FOR SAN DIEGO SUPERVISORS

 

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
August 28, 2012 (San Diego)—San Diego County Supervisors won’t be able to redraw their own district lines or assign hand-picked appointees to do so if Governor Jerry Brown signs Senate Bill 1331 and San Diego voters approve the new plan. 
 
The bill, authored by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego), has passed both houses of the state Legislature.  It would require retired judges to redraw supervisors’ districts starting in 2021. The bill applies only to San Diego County, where Supervisors have been accused of gerrymandering districts to retain power for conservatives. 

BELLUS ACADEMY OFFERS FREE SPA SERVICES TO MILITARY SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN ON SEPTEMBER 4 - 8

 


August 30, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Bellus Academy is offering complimentary spa services for active and retired servicemen and women September 4-8.  The award-winning salon and spa has three locations in San Diego, El Cajon, Poway and National City.

2ND ANNUAL BEAUTY IN THE BRIDE WEDDING EXPO ON SEPTEMBER 30

 

August 28, 2012 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa David’s Bridal & Friar Tux Preferred Wedding Planner, Charisma Events & Consulting (CEC) host its second annual Beauty in the Bride Wedding Expo. Join the 2nd Annual Beauty in the Bride Wedding Expo on September 30, 2012. The Beauty in the Bride Expo will take place at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.  The event doors will be open to the public from 2-5 p.m. and will consist of a fashion show, raffles and San Diego’s Top Wedding Professionals will display their services and products.

THE OPERA, CARMEN TO BE PERFORMED AT LAS PLAYAS ARENA ON AUG 30 AND SEPT 1

 
Update: All of the tickets for Carmen have sold out.
 
August 28. 2012 (Tijuana) -- One of the most famous operas in the world, Carmen, by George Bizet will be performed in Tijuana, Mexico at the Playas de Tijuana inside the rodeo arena on August 30, and September 1 at 8:00 p.m. The opera is sponsored by Tijuana's Municipal Institute of Art and Culture (IMAC) and Mexico’s National Council for Culture and the Arts.
 
The event is being  held as part of the celebrations organized to commemorate the anniversary of the founding CXXIII city of Tijuana.

EARTHTALK®: CO2 IN THE ATMOSPHERE

E - The Environmental Magazine 
Written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss 
 
August 28, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Dear EarthTalk: I read that CO2 in our atmosphere is now more than 300 parts per million. Doesn’t this mean that we’re too late to avoid the worst impacts of climate change?                                                                                                                          -- Karl Bren, Richmond, VA

A NEW PATH ORGANIZES EVENT FOR INTERNATIONAL OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY (AUGUST 31) TO REMEMBER LIVES LOST AND EDUCATE ABOUT SOLUTIONS TO OVERDOSE CRISIS

 
Accidental Overdose Remain Leading Cause of Injury Death for Adults Ages 25-64
 
Moms United to End the War on Drugs Partners are creating events in several cities to bring attention to the need for Naloxone.
 
August 28, 2012 (San Diego) --  (A New PATH) will join the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), and dozens of organizations in the U.S. and abroad participating in the 12th annual International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31. The day honors and remembers those who have lost their lives to an accidental overdose. The occasion is also an opportunity to educate policymakers and the public about the growing overdose crisis in the United States and abroad – and to offer concrete solutions that save lives.

BACK TO SCHOOL TIME IS CHECK YOUR RECEIPTS TIME

 
County Urges Consumers to Protect Themselves from Overcharges When Shopping 
 
August 28, 2012 (San Diego)--The end of summer means back to school and lots of shopping for moms, dads — even teens — to pick up binders and backpacks, the latest pair of colorful jeans or Vans, even high-tech tools like tablets and e-readers. It also means it’s time to remind consumers to double-check their receipts to make sure they’re not being overcharged by faulty cash-register price scanners.

VOLUNTEERS TAKE ‘THE GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP’ REGISTERING VOTERS AT CONCERTS

 

Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, Phish and Furthur Host Voter Registration Drives on Their Summer Tours
 
August 28, 2012 (New York, N.Y.) -- What’s more American than rock n’ roll and democracy? Well, a few lucky young people are getting a healthy dose of both this summer, taking “The Great American Road Trip” to register voters at Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, Phish and Furthur concerts across the country. The Dave Matthews band will perform at the Cricket Wireless Ampitheater in Chula Vista on September 7.

 

SUPERVISORS' CLOSED-DOOR VOTE TO PICK NEW CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER DRAWS NEW BROWN ACT VIOLATION ALLEGATIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2012 (San Diego) – Last week, San Diegans for Open Government sued San Diego’s Supervisors for apparent Brown Act violations at a June 26 meeting. 

Now, the group has sent a letter requesting a cure for yet another alleged Brown Act violation--this time at the August 8 meeting, when Supervisors announced resignation of Chief Administrative Officer Walt Ekard and went into a closed session to choose an appointment with no public notice or input.

HOME VIDEO HERALD: TONIGHT YOU'RE MINE (DVD)

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 29, 2012 (San Diego) – The first half of 2012 saw the release of not one but two films by British director David Mackenzie, although the second one never played in San Diego. The first was Perfect Sense, released in February. Although small in scope, it was quite a cinematic trip, a melancholia-saturated tale of two people who fall in love, a love tested when the whole world loses their five senses one by one. Perfect Sense was in some ways pretentious, it was heavily restrained in every respect (mood, acting, writing, etc.), and it was dead serious in tone. It's the type of movie that you either mock or you buy into and relish; I did the latter.

 

PETERS AFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS

By Miriam Raftery

August 27, 2012 (San Diego)—Democrat Scott Peters’ Congressional campaign has issued a press release blasting his opponent, Republican Brian Bilbray, for a record on women’s rights and choice that “closely mirrors Mr. Akin’s,” Peters’ communications director MaryAnn Pintar said.

 

COUNTYWIDE POLL SHOWS INCREASED SUPPORT FOR CONTINUED INVESTMENTS IN WATER SUPPLY RELIABILITY

August 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego County residents’ support for funding seawater desalination or other investments to enhance the reliability of the region’s water supplies has increased compared to last year, a new public opinion poll commissioned by the San Diego County Water Authority has found.

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